Cynthia, from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, offered an interesting set of fabrics that I thought would be a great starting point for the Block Lotto sampler quilt I plan to make next year. She also included a copy of Quilty magazine (with her quilt in it!) and some cotton stuffing–perfect from some pincushions I plan to make.
The tiny buttons are from Incomparable Buttons in South Africa–their blog is Button Mad. I think they'd be great added to a basket block (I can't help it, I love basket quilts) or on a summer blouse.
The Japanese Garden pattern, by Emily, The Caffeinated Quilter, was my choice of some of her patterns–you can see them all here. It's a very clever design, made from 6 inch Winding Ways blocks. I have some old, never used acrylic templates from John Flynn for an 8 inch block (which he refers to by it's other name, Wheel of Mystery). I'm thinking that if I make the quilt from the large blocks, instead of a 54-inch square quilt, I'll be making an 72-inch square quilt ... and may add borders for a bed-sized quilt.
I'm thinking that my larger Japanese Garden may be more of a Jardin Provençal because I keep seeing the last of the giveaways won in that quilt: a stack of fifteen FQs of Sally's Provencial by Iron Orchid Designs.
Not in the photo is the license for Adobe Creative Cloud that I won from Spoonflower last week. Yep, I do feel like a lucky girl.
Thank you again to Cynthia, Emily, Sally, Spoonflower and Incomparable buttons. Some of these blogs were new to me and I have glad to find these interesting, creative, generous artists.